In support of justice for George Floyd: Ways you can help
We stand in solidarity with those who seek justice for George Floyd and real police reform. As we listen to Black voices, it's clear that statements of support are only the start of the work we need to do to make sure our public spaces are safe and welcoming to all people. This work is crucial to our vision for the river and its communities.
And right now, our communities in the Twin Cities are overwhelmed with need.
Online volunteers with justice groups have compiled this extensive resource guide, which is a continuously updated list of food drives, protests, online petitions and campaigns, cleanup events, places to donate and more. It's long, but there's a helpful table of contents on the first page.
If you want to begin by gaining understanding, we recommend: the New York Times article Why Is Police Brutality Still Happening?; On the Media's recent episode Boiling Point; and Twin Cities Public Television's Jim Crow of the North documentary.
If you're especially interested in providing (or receiving) aid, check out the Twin Cities Mutual Aid Map.
We also wanted to highlight a few of the businesses, nonprofits and funds owned or led by people of color (POC) that have not been receiving as much attention as others.
Places that need your financial support
- A Auto Mall: One of the many small, POC-owned businesses in the vital Lake Street business corridor that have been targeted and damaged by fires in the past week.
- Chicago Lake Dental: POC-owned family clinic providing care for underserved, underprivileged and uninsured patients. The clinic was burned to the ground. Now accepting donations to help rebuild.
- CTUL: Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha: Accepting financial donations as well as food, household products, diapers, baby formula, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, masks and medical supplies.
- Division of Indian Work: Accepting financial donations as well as food and toiletries.
- Gandhi Mahal: A community institution. Now accepting donations to rebuild after the building burned down.
- Midori’s Floating World Café: POC-owned Longfellow restaurant. Accepting donations to restore and rebuild after fire damage.
- Midway United Fund: Raising funds to rebuild and support the Union Park and Hamline Midway Neighborhoods.
- Migizi: Organization serving Native youth whose building burned down and is accepting donations to help rebuild.
- Northside Funders Group: All donations received currently will go to support impacted businesses on the Northside.
- Women for Political Change: Youth-led and youth-focused work offering aid to people in need because of COVID-19, as well as organizing food drives across the Twin Cities.